Two flights will take veterans to visit the nation’s war memorials on daylong trips scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10 from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh and Saturday, Nov. 7 from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a nonprofit organization honoring American veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost to them. HVHF is also a local hub of the National Honor Flight Network, which has over 100 independent non-profit “hubs” nationwide.
Each veteran is accompanied by a volunteer, personal “guardian” who is responsible for ensuring that veteran’s trip is a memorable one. Guardians are responsible for covering the cost of their trip.
According to Beth Vought, HVHF executive director of Hudson Valley Honor Flight, there are dozens of spots to fill for World War II veterans on each of the two fall flights from Stewart and Westchester Airports. Applications for veterans can be found on its website: www.hvhonorflight.com and veterans are encouraged to apply quickly as applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
“We know there are thousands of area veterans who deserve to be honored for their sacrifice to our country,” added Board Chairman Frank Kimler. “We encourage them to contact us and let us know of their interest. We are asking the region’s veterans organizations to reach out to us with names of veterans who would like to make this trip.”
HVHF serves veterans from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan and Putnam counties in addition to Pike County, Pa., Bergen County, N.J. and Fairfield County, Conn. Veterans from other surrounding counties are also considered.
To learn more, or apply to participate, call 845-391-0076 or visit: http://hvhonorflight.com.
ABOUT HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which “Honors American Veterans” for all their sacrifices. HVHF transports these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials at no cost to them. It is the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network (which consists of more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” across America). HVHF flies multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. It serves veterans from the following counties: Orange (N.Y.), Ulster (N.Y.), Dutchess (N.Y.), Westchester (N.Y.), Rockland (N.Y.), Sullivan (N.Y.), Putnam (N.Y.), Pike (Pa.), Bergen (N.J.), and Fairfield (Conn.). Veterans from other surrounding counties are considered as well. Top priority is given to those of the Greatest Generation, that of World War II, and terminally ill veterans from other wars. HVHF plans to take ALL veterans from other wars on future flights. Applications are kept on file. For more information, visit http://hvhonorflight.com